Secret Garden Plan

Create an intimate peaceful space nestled next to your home

Southern Living Plants Featured:

Chef's Choice Rosemary EverColor® ‘Everillo’ Carex
The vibrant color and fine texture provide contrast to the water feature and draw attention to this focal point.
Purple Daydream® Dwarf Loropetalum
The compact, mounding form is perfect for planting beneath windows, while rich maroon foliage contrasts the yellows across the path.
‘Twilight’ Heucherella
Perfect for massing along footpaths and tucking into leftover spaces to create an enticing thread along a walkway.
ScentAmazing™ Gardenia
Dark evergreen foliage creates a backdrop for the focal point, while fragrant blooms enrich the ambiance of this magical space.
 

Delta Moonlight™ Crapemyrtle
Provides an anchor, marking the garden’s entrance while also enclosing it. Luxuriant burgundy foliage sets the tone for the coming journey.

Purple Pixie® Dwarf Weeping Loropetalum
Provides continuity of color linearly through the garden, connecting the entranceway to the garden’s core.
Miss Scarlett® Illicium
Brilliant star-shaped crimson blooms blaze against glossy green leaves on this dense growing shrub. Illicium is deer resistant.

‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia
Few plants offer the texture that 'Soft Caress' provides the shade garden. In early winter, bright-yellow flowers stand atop the slender, bamboo-like foliage like fingers of light. 

Southgate® Breeze™ Rhododendron
The exciting new Southgate™ Rhododendrons are heat tolerant and thrive in the Deep South while performing equally well in traditional Rhododendron areas.

Hunter Cherry Laurel
Carolina Jessamine

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The relationship between the interior and exterior rooms of a home can be enriched through careful placement of focal points and plant material. Consider the dominant views of the landscape from inside your home. Can a particular view be enhanced by planting a specimen tree or installing a small water feature? Windows are ideal for framing views and drawing exterior features such as sculptures and fountains indoors. Here, a large picture window frames the water feature in the Secret Garden, bringing the view into the family room where it becomes part of the interior design. Plantings also work to frame and support focal points. In this design, a layered backdrop works to emphasize the feature while also providing contrast to draw attention.


Color and fragrance can also create an indoor-outdoor connection. A fragrant vine outside a bathroom window adds to the calming mood of a soaking tub. Likewise, a brightly blooming shrub viewed through a bedroom window offers a cheerful morning greeting.